The San Francisco 49ers are adding another candidate to their list of general manager interviews. FOX Sports NFL reporter Peter Schrager tweeted that the team will interview Carolina Panthers assistant general manager Brandon Beane for their GM vacancy. The interview will take place next week, and I imagine will happen the same day as their interview with Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.
Beane served briefly as interim GM in 2012 before the team hired Dave Gettleman for the position. The Panthers went in the tank this season, but it followed three straight playoff seasons, capped by an appearance in Super Bowl 51. In his time prior to being promoted to assistant GM, Beane’s role covered pretty much everything on the administrative side of things. The Panthers said he has been involved in putting together the draft board, but his history suggests someone who would lean a bit more on the scouting department than other GMs.
Beane becomes the ninth candidate who will interview for the GM position. The 49ers interviewed Packers executives Eliot Wolf and Brian Gutekunst on Thursday. They will meet with Vikings executive George Paton on Friday, and Nick Caserio on Saturday. Next week, along with Beane, they will speak with ESPN’s Louis Riddick, Colts VP Jimmy Raye III, and Seahawks executives Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer.
Beane has been with the Panthers dating back to a PR job in 1998. Here is a look at his resume with the team.
2015-present: Assistant general manager
2008-2015: Director of football operations
1999-2008: Football operations manager
1998: PR department